Today was yet another Sunday where thoughts of reviving this blog were playing peek-a-boo as usual. Of late, family and friends were enquiring when they would see a post. Sure, that was encouraging but of the umpteen things which occupied the week ranging from work, home and school activities, blogging always took a backseat. Did I mention that my toddler is now a second grader??
I was planning on a post for almost 5 years and even though I had made many recipes worthy of a blog post, my past experience with plagiarism and the fact that the pages of many of my fellow bloggers like Indira and Saffron Hut were dormant didn’t do much to stir me from my stupor.
It was raining and I had just settled down with a cup of espresso. T was playing a game on her iPad and asked me how watermelon jam would taste. I promptly and proudly showed her a picture of it on this space. What followed were questions arising out of awe and curiosity as is expected from a 7 year old, “Did you make that?” “Who took a photo of that?” “What is a blog?’ and finally “Can we post something?”.
Her choice for lunch and the post was an omelette. When I told her we need to make it special with vegetables, she sighed and said ‘Ok, I will eat all the vegetables you add to it.”
That, my friends was my inspiration! 🙂
Over the years, I have added a few appliances to my kitchen counter. Notably, the Philips Air Fryer and the Instant Pot stand out for their convenience.
With the advent of the Instant Pot in my kitchen over the past few months, life has become a little easier. Though Indians are no stranger to stove top pressure cookers, Instant Pot has revolutionized that space with it’s ‘No Supervision Needed’ model. The Air Fryer helps by making delectables with less oil. Another use of the Air Fryer is to use it in the place of an oven.
For today’s veggie omelette or frittata, I used the Air Fryer instead of firing up the oven. Along with the frittata, I made a Pina Colada smoothie. I simply love the combination of pineapple, banana and coconut.
Onion Spinach Frittata Recipe:
2 tablespoons heavy cream/milk/half and half
1/2 of a small onion, minced
Handful of fresh spinach or frozen chopped spinach
Salt and pepper to taste
Cheese as per taste ( I used mozzarella and quite a lot as you can see from the picture!)
Beat the eggs with the heavy cream/milk/half and half. Add salt and black pepper. Stir in the onion and spinach.
Pour the egg mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake in the air fryer at 360F for 8 mins. Sprinkle cheese on top and let it brown for another 2 or 3 mins.
In case you are using the oven, bake it at 400F for 8 to 10 mins.
You can add whatever you fancy to the frittata. Vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, potato, broccoli and cauliflower, meat like chicken, ham, sausage and non-meat options like tofu and soya chunks are all welcome.
Pina Colada Smoothie:
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup water
Add everything listed to the blender and blend till smooth. Add honey if needed. Enjoy!
Overall, I feel very good that I checked off one item from my procrastination list, thanks to T! And the lunch was yummy too.. Give it a try!